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If I were asked to say what is at once the most important production of Art and the thing most to be longed for; I should answer; A beautiful House; and if I were further asked to name the production next in importance and the thing next to be longed for; I should answer; A beautiful Book. To enjoy good houses and good books in self-respect and decent comfort, seems to me to be the pleasurable end towards which all societies of human beings ought now to struggle.

~ William Morris (British craftsman, designer and poet, whose designs
generated the Arts and Crafts Movement in England. 1834-1896)

Well known travel writer, Nancy D. Brown stayed at the Green Cottage
and this is what she says:

We have rented cottages, cabins, and condos many times in many locations.  I wish all of them were as nice as this one.  The cottage was bright and clean and well-equipped.  It literally had everything we needed.  We particularly liked the book the owner put together of things to do, places to go, restaurant recommendations, menus, etc.  We enjoyed watching the various birds through the window and learning about them from the books & pamphlets in the cottage. We brought our own binoculars, but it was nice to have two pair to watch the birds!  In addition, the "customer service" was outstanding.  We have never had an owner who was so helpful and who gave such personal service.  We would certainly stay again sometime and have already recommended the Green Cottage to some friends who are interested.

   — L. & J. B., Antioch, CA

Being in the Green Cottage is a step back in time. A time for peace, a time to read a book. Being on the deck of the green cottage is about space and beauty. A wonderful place to set up my easel, or to watch the activity on the bay... I enjoy watching the morning sun light up Hollister Peak and the afternoon sun illuminate the dunes and back bay. 
— Elizabeth “ Libby” Tolley, artist
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The cottage was fabulous! It was far more than I ever hoped for – comfortable, private, and beautifully appointed. Thank you for all the extra comforts you provided us.”
— B.& K. T., Santa Barbara

“Another work of art! Kudos to you for creating such a special retreat. It will be very popular.”
— J. & S. G., Los Osos, CA

“Wow! Excellent vision, nice result!”
— R. & N. M., Los Osos, CA

“ Our stay was like coming home to visit an old and good friend. We liked to hear the waves crashing, especially at night, beyond the dunes. But the continuously changing tidal influence — at high tide, water almost to the cottage door, at low tide mudflats and channels that drain the back bay was mesmerizing and magical, frankly, much more interesting than watching waves all day. Thank you for your kindnesses. We’ll be back, soon!
— G. & N. K., Mill Valley, CA

“Great cottage! I’d like to run away from home and move in — permanently! Would you consider changing the name to “Pam’s Cottage?’ Oh please!”
— P. B.,  Laguna Beach, CA

“So very chic! Love it!”
— L. S. G., San Luis Obispo

“We came up to deliver our ‘baby’ to Cal Poly to begin his freshman year. We thought we’d spend the weekend in a sad funk and quickly discovered we were wrong. After delivering our youngest son to Cal Poly we spent the entire weekend entranced with your cottage, kayaking right off the cottage, hiking over to Shark’s Inlet and enjoying the good wines of the Central Coast at Hoppe’s (thanks for the recommendation). We will be back, even if our son doesn’t have time to spend with us. You’re a great find.
— C. & T. R., Sun Valley, ID

“We are honored to be among the first guests in your lovely “romantic getaway.” We watched the firelight play on the ceiling and the birds resting on the bay. We were able to relax and simply enjoy all the personal pampering touches you have added to this fine space. Thank you a thousand times!”
— L. E. & G. K., Fresno, CA

“We loved the cottage! The bed was the most comfortable bed we’ve ever slept in. We feel like we have arrived in paradise. The weather was perfect too. Thank you for sharing this very special spot.”
— G. & S. F., Nova Scotia

“We hope everyone who has a chance to sit on the deck with their coffee or cocktail, watch the sun set will thank the Green Cottage for renewing and refreshing their lives. It did for us.”
— R. B., Eugene, OR

“We very much enjoyed a very relaxing weekend in your cottage – such a beautiful place. Thank you for the comfort and hospitality. We look forward to coming back.”
— B. & Z. L., Ridgecrest, CA

“What a wonderful little getaway! I hope many more people visit and enjoy your vision!”
— K. H., Morro Bay, CA

“I am sure your guests will thoroughly enjoy themselves in this peaceful cottage by the sea.”
— J. & J. K., San Luis Obispo

“We love this cottage – great place, great taste. Lots of thought to comfort.”
— R. & E. M., Arcadia, CA

“This is a special place made for special people. Thank you for including us.”
— D. & C. P., Arroyo Grande

“The cottage is heaven in paradise, thank you.”
— J. A., Los Osos, CA



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“I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give.”

~ Thomas Jefferson (3rd U.S. President; author,
Declaration of Independence. 1762-1826)

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Libby Tolley
Tolley Painting
Morning tide
colorful trees
farm road